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Thief sought for knifepoint robbery in Edinburgh

A thief who held up an Edinburgh newsagent with a knife before stealing all the money in the till is being sought by police.

The incident happened at about 19:40 on Thursday at the Dalry Newsagent on Dalry Road.

A 39-year-old woman was working alone in the shop when a man entered and brandished a knife before demanding money.

After stealing the contents of the till he then made off towards Gorgie Road.

Officers are urging witnesses to come forward.

Suspicious activity

The thief is white, in his early 20s, about 5ft 7ins and of slim build.

He was wearing a grey hooded top with white stripes running down the sleeves, a black scarf covering his face, woolly gloves and black trousers.

Det Con Joyce Gunderson, of Police Scotland, said: "Fortunately the shop assistant was not injured during the robbery, but this was a distressing ordeal and she was left understandably shaken.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in the Dalry Road area on Thursday evening, or anyone who recognises the description of the suspect.

"The male is believed to have been loitering outside the store and the nearby Bensons Bar just prior to the incident and so any patrons who believe they have information that can assist with our enquiries are asked to contact police immediately."

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